The Green Paper Making Process

25 06 2014

Paper has been a part of the human culture for generations since the Chinese invented it in 105 AD. Paper became a highly demanded commodity in 1453 with the invention of the printing press. The materials used to create it included linen and old cotton. These soon fell out of style as there were not enough raw materials to sustain the growing demand. It was not until 1719 that paper was first made out of wood pulp. Then, with the invention of a machine that created sheets of paper in 1806, modern paper-making finally came into existence. Being unsatisfied with the constant need to abuse natural resources, a recycled paper making process was created. The following steps is how Green Printer describes this process.

Step 1: Collect the Paper
Clean paper (free from food and other contaminates) is collected by a recycling company and transported to the local recycling center. Once there, the paper is sorted, wrapped tightly in large bales, and shipped to a paper mill where it can be processed and turned into new paper. When it arrives, the paper is sorted into stacks of the types of things in can make (such as cardboard or newspaper). 

Step 2: Pulp the Paper
When it is time to process the paper, it is loaded onto a conveyor belt that moves it to a machine known as a pulper. This pulper cuts the paper into tiny pieces, mixes it with a combination of water and chemicals, and heats the mixture in order to break down the solid matter into bits known as fiber. This mixture is called pulp. The pulp is filtered through screens to remove tiny bits of contaminants like glue.

Step 3: Wash the Paper
Now that pulp is fully processed, the recycling center washes or deinks the paper. This generally involves spinning the pulp in a cylinder to separate out staples and other debris. The pulp is then rinsed with water to wash out the final pieces of unwanted material.

Step 4: Beat the Paper
Final refinement happens when the pulp undergoes beating to cause the fibers to swell, making them ideal for the final step in making paper. If the paper needs to be white or colored, the bleach or dye is added during this step.

Step 5: Produce the Paper
The now clean pulp mixture is sprayed onto a large screen and moved through machines that press out all water, leaving nothing but new sheets of recycled paper.



EcoCalculator: A Tool to Identify Environmental Impact When Printing Green

21 05 2014

Organizations that adopt eco-friendly business practices are highly valued in today’s society. Many companies enforce different activities to highlight their desire to be green. Although this is a great step forward, most businesses are unaware of the actual impact of their changes. To address this issue, Green Printer uses an EcoCalculator. This tool measures the impact that every green order has on the environment.

The general drive behind green printing is the idea of saving trees. However, there are other essential details that are often overlooked when choosing a printing company. The other positive environmental changes that take place when printing green are denoted below.

Each order’s environmental savings are measured and added to the client’s previous orders by Green Printer through the EcoCalculator. This calculations are done automatically and are readily available for clients to download for their own records.

 



Corporate Social Responsibility: How Far Does Your Business Go?

13 05 2014

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a trending topic for many organizations. As mentioned in an earlier posts, most businesses practice some form of CSR activity. This has not only created a tighter gap for differentiation, but it has also made consumers question the transparency of companies’ claims. It is crucial for business owners to understand the different responsibilities that compose CSR and promote their activities accordingly to avoid misconceptions of their efforts.

Mandatory Responsibilities

Mandatory responsibilities are the main reason for which CSR has gained popularity. These are responsibilities that companies must fulfill in order to survive as business entities. There are two specific responsibilities under this section: Economic and Legal.

Economic Responsibilities

Prior to looking at the outside world, organizations must address their financial standings. Profitability should be top-of-mind for all businesses. Companies that are profitable create job opportunities for their communities. Aside from this, these businesses can invest in activities to participate in other responsibilities.

Legal Responsibilities

This section of CSR pertains to legal acts companies must fulfill. Similarly to economic responsibilities, legal responsibilities are requirements for organizations to engage in business practices. Some legalities that businesses must enforce are security labour laws, environmental laws, criminal laws, and many others. In order to successfully execute this responsibility, organizations must be strongly aware of the laws that apply to them.

Company-Imposed Responsibilities

Unlike the mandatory responsibilities, self-imposed responsibilities are undertaken by businesses due to the owners and/ or employees’ desires to have a positive impact within their environment. These responsibilities can be described as Ethical and Philanthropic.

Ethical Responsibilities

Ethical responsibilities pertain to the duty of following a morally correct path. This is not an obligation for organizations but rather a self-imposed mandate. Some activities that fall under this umbrella are practicing honesty with all stakeholders, being respectful to customers, and ensuring that all promises made are fulfilled.

Philanthropic Responsibilities

The philanthropic responsibilities are those responsibilities taken on by companies that want to go above and beyond their call of duty. This section is highly denoted by organizations’ charitable actions such as service or monetary donations for specific community events and the implementation of processes to engage in environmentally friendly business practices. These are the responsibilities that truly differentiate businesses amongst their competitors while building a strong rapport with consumers.



Gifting Green on Mother’s Day

6 05 2014

First and foremost, happy mother’s day to all the amazing mothers of the world. Motherhood is well known for being a very difficult job with no financial reward. A woman that has entered motherhood gives everything and asks for nothing in exchange. This act of kindness is celebrated in North America on the second Sunday of May. During this time, all moms are showered with gifts, poems, and unique art pieces created specially for them by their precious children. As sons and daughters grow up, the idea of gift giving on mother’s day becomes much more centered around a high priced tag. However, since moms are the most selfless of all beings, they often prefer Do-It-Yourself (DIY) crafts that reflect the effort put into creating the gift.

There are many DIY projects that can be developed for this special occasion. Most of these projects can be created using recyclable materials. As you might have guessed, the team at Green Printer is highly engaged in promoting these ideas. As an enthusiast of environmental friendliness, the office took on the challenge of creating a newspapers flower for all those special moms out there. Below are some snapshots of the team’s masterpiece.

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Although it is nice to have a specific day to celebrate motherhood, it is important to remember that a mother’s love is unconditional. As such, the celebration of this love should be an ongoing act. This does not have to correlate with high expenditure but rather with creativity and environmental friendliness. After all, moms are the pioneers of green living and recycling.

 



How To Buy a Green Home Printer

22 08 2013

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A number of appliance manufacturers have been quick to jump on the sustainability bandwagon. But there’s a room in the typical Canadian home that many don’t consider when looking to go green: the home office.

Particularly in heavy-duty home offices, appliances can eat up energy (consider all the scanners, fax machines, printers and computers). But it’s possible to cut your energy consumption by simply investing in a printer that gets the green seal of approval.

Here are some recommendations about what to look for when printer shopping:

Look for labels

When comparing brands and models, check to see if the printer you’re eyeing is certified as being energy efficient. Is it EnergyStar certified, for example? Does it have EPEAT certification? There are a number of “green” labels to watch for, and such certifications will ensure the appliance won’t eat up excess electricity.

Go for All-In-One

Although you may only be in the market for a printer, consider condensing a few of your office appliances into a single machine. Most major brands now carry numerous models of printers that also scan, copy, fax and perform other functions. Not only does going for the all-in-one option save energy, but also space.

Find Additional Eco Functions

Many newer models of printers now feature an ink-saving mode, which will prevent changing those pesky cartridges too often. Some models also have a “sleep” mode, which cuts back on wasting electricity should the printer be left on.



Top 5 Recycling Tips For Summer

30 07 2013

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Recycling Tips

Summer represents a perfect opportunity to think about recycling, and to experiment with new ways to develop cleaner, greener habits. Many families enjoy vacations during the summer, and these trips lend themselves to the development of creative recycling ideas. Also, since this is the growing season, many people can benefit from a compost pile in their garden.

Here are five recycling tips to help with conservation efforts this season.

1. Dryer Sheet Kindling: Along with sweaty and muddy clothes comes a whole lot of laundry. Since a household’s laundry requirements are high in the summer, people tend to use a lot of dryer sheets. Most of the time, people simply pitch their sweet smelling, fluffy sheets in the trash bin after using them. However, by setting them aside, people can benefit from their use as a fire starter for both fireplaces and charcoal grills.

2. Book Swap: While paperback books are becoming less and less popular due to the increased use of tablets and other digital readers, we all still need something to do on a rainy summer day. Instead of buying new books, hook up with someone in a similar situation and have a book swap! These can be a fun way to spend a morning with friends, and will allow a person to receive dozens of new books to read without creating a whole bunch of new paper-based waste.

3. Eco-Friendly Vacations: By doing a little research before booking your next trip, people can find hotels that share their commitment to green living. Many times, these hotels utilize energy efficient appliances, and offer guests the choice of whether or not to have their linens laundered. Since laundry creates a substantial strain on environmental resources, electing to responsibly launder your linens while on vacation keeps harmful detergents out of the water supply and ensures energy efficiency while on a trip.

4. Plastic Bottle Overload: In the summer, many people find themselves using a tremendous amount of plastic bottles. Water tends to be a major culprit, so a smart suggestion is to invest in a home water filter and a reusable bottle. However, when faced with the presence of water bottles, consider using them for storage purposes instead of immediately throwing them away. Gallon jugs make fantastic containers for a number of household items, including hardware, change and children’s toys. The same can be said for smaller bottles and other disposable plastic containers.

5. Smart Water Use: Since summer usually brings rain, a bucket can serve as a way to collect water for plants. Along those lines, allowing the water used to boil pasta and other foods to cool allows for another source of water for plants or a garden. Since people often don’t consider their water use when beginning to think about recycling, these are a few simple ways to get going with water conservation during the summer months.

Recycling is a group effort! Please leave your comments below, and share this on your social media platform of choice.